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A county-wide system provides educational opportunities in 19 elementary schools, 7 mid-schools, and 9 high schools. Two schools are devoted to special education. There are two parochial schools, one supported by the Roman Catholic and one by the Christian Reformed Churches. The University of New Mexico-Gallup Branch provides accredited courses through two years of attendance as well as non-credit community education courses.
Gallup-McKinley County Schools
The Gallup-McKinley County School System will have 19 elementary schools, 7 mid-schools, and 9 high schools. These facilities are located in ten communities situated throughout the 5,000 square mile district (an area roughly the size of Delaware and Rhode Island combined). The two most distant schools are 100 highway miles apart. To serve its 14,440 students, the District hires 1,850 employees and utilizes 165 school buses. The student body is 85 percent Native American and 15% other. The pupil/teacher ratio is 20.5 to 1. The beginning salary for teachers is $23,450, with a total payroll of approximately $36 million. The Districts operational budget for 1998-99 was $57,932,608.
Rehoboth Christian School
Rehoboth Christian School is the premier educational organization for children in K-12th grade in northwest New Mexico. Founded in 1903 by the Christian Reformed Church, Rehoboth has nearly 100 years of experience in providing quality education to our region’s diverse community. Rehoboth’s highly qualified and experienced staff members serve as friends and mentors for students. A closely knit school community ensures a safe and supportive environment for learning at Rehoboth. Our graduates are leaders across the Four Corners region in fields ranging from education, tribal government, and the church to medicine and private enterprise. Rehoboth provides an affordable education with over half a million dollars in scholarship aid available to families annually. On average, over 60% of families receive an aid package of $2,000. In the 2000-2001 school year, 60% of our 415 students were Native American, 30% were Anglo, 10% were of Hispanic descent and other ethnic minority backgrounds, and 30% were from families that live near or below the poverty level. For more information about Rehoboth Christian School, please call 1-800-657-9345 or visit our web site at www.rcsnm.org.
Gallup Catholic School
Gallup Catholic School is dedicated to academic excellence integrating the doctrine and traditions of the Catholic Church. The School’s mission is to nurture the spiritual, emotional, intellectual, cultural and physical development of students. Students will exemplify character and values forming a lifelong foundation for a personal relationship with God, strong family relationships and respect for others. 515 Park Avenue,Gallup, NM 87301; 505-863-6652
Uplift Community School
Uplift Community School offers active, hands-on, quality education in a small supportive school community. Uplift Community School is an Expeditionary Learning Charter School in Gallup! Positions for new students are filled on a first come, first serve basis. For more information about our exciting, research-based learning program, please call 863-4333, or stop by for a tour at 406 Highway 564!
The University of New Mexico at Gallup campus is home to approximately 4,000 students. Located near the Navajo, Zuni and Hopi Reservations, the university has the largest Native American student body of a public university in the world, and awards close to $5,000,000 annually in tribal, federal and state grants as well as private, civic and corporate grants and scholarships.
Located in Gallup, New Mexico, the adobe-style facilities sit among some of the most beautiful red rock country in the Southwest. The university’s mission includes provision of post-secondary educational opportunities to all individuals; degree programs including Certificates, Associate Degrees, Bachelor Degrees, and Upper Division and Graduate classes and courses; adult basic education, GED classes and testing, English as a second language and citizenship classes; area vocational education, and community education and services. The university houses and a convenient child care center, library and bookstore.
The University of New Mexico at Gallup makes a significant, positive economic impact on the region and plays a vital role in the development of the community. As a branch of The University of New Mexico, UNM Gallup is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools. The university is a member of the American Association of Community and Junior Colleges and various disciplines are certified by their own special agencies.
WNMU was founded in 1893 as one of New Mexico Territory’s two normal schools for teacher training. The WNMU Gallup Graduate Studies Center was established in 1983 to bring university-based professional development opportunities to Northwest New Mexico. Consistent with WNMU’s mission and the school district’s needs, the university offers graduate programs in special education, educational leadership, TESOL endorsement, educational technology, counseling, and an MBA program which began in the Fall of 1999. The Gallup Graduate Studies Center multi-disciplinary curriculum integrates theory and practice for critique, modification and application by teachers, counselors and administrators working in a multicultural context. The Center’s faculty practice what they teach, modeling experiential teaching methods, accounting for diverse learning styles and providing a range of assessment techniques. Faculty solicit input of students and frontline educators to update a curriculum centered on student needs. The Gallup Graduate Studies Center has recently moved into a new 7,000 square foot facility with Internet-accessed computer labs, classrooms, and offices in one location. For further information, please contact Western New Mexico University Gallup Graduate Studies Center at 505-722-3389.